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Opinions: Politically Correct?: Has Phil gone mod?

Casey Walker, Society Editor

January 11, 2013

In the late 60’s, the term “mod” was short for the term modern and referred to the style of dress that mirrored the British beat style of popular bands like The Kinks and The Who. My family shares an inside joke about the term mod. It goes like this: One relatively trendy day in the late...

Opinions: Politically Correct?: “It’s Alright Ma'”

Casey Walker, society editor

December 20, 2012

On Friday afternoon I tried to ignore the horrible news that I had read on Twitter though the Huffington Post. I went through my sixth hour Creative Writing class in vain. All that I read was that 18 elementary age kids were pronounced dead. By the time I heard Wolf Blitzer's voice blasting through...

Opinions: Politically Correct?: Paper and pixels

Opinions: Politically Correct?: Paper and pixels

Casey Walker, Society Editor

December 20, 2012

Since I can remember I’ve kept journals, from small notebooks filled with pink paper and Hello Kitty to the black leather Moleskin I own now. In 4th grade, my pink pages consisted of things I deemed important to jot down, like how I was one of the last kids to place in the Pumpkin Run or how we ...

Opinions: Politically Correct?: Childhood misconceptions

Opinions: Politically Correct?: Childhood misconceptions

Casey Walker, Society Editor

December 6, 2012

Last Saturday while watching House Hunters International with my mom at 1:30 a.m. I had an epiphany. A commercial played for Flintstones Gummy Vitamins. For the first time ever I actually looked at the spelling of the word “Flintstones.” I realized that “Flintstones” was composed of two...

Opinions: Politically Correct?: Searching for the “thanks” in Thanksgiving

Opinions: Politically Correct?: Searching for the “thanks” in Thanksgiving

Casey Walker, Society Editor

November 19, 2012

If I went around asking people why we celebrate Thanksgiving, I would get responses like "I think it has to do with the pilgrams and Indians" and "it's just to give thanks." The lines are blurred. Every year when Thanksgiving rolls around, I get an ambiguous sense of anxiety. My anxiety isn’t...

Opinons: Politically Correct?: Keeping the classics

Opinons: Politically Correct?: Keeping the classics

Casey Walker, Society Editor

November 13, 2012

I've been listening to my classic rock and folk playlist on repeat for the last couple weeks, dazed by my favorite lyrics in Crosby, Stills and Nash & Young songs and entranced by the lonely piano melodies of Leon Russell. Everything on my fat 76-song playlist came out between the 60s and 70s. When...

Opinion: Politically Correct?: Save the what?

Opinion: Politically Correct?: Save the what?

Casey Walker, Society Editor

November 2, 2012

A couple of weekends ago, while visiting Roosevelt University in Chicago, I was shocked to see a huge pink banner made out of butcher paper stating “save the tatas.” I knew this sign bothered me, but I could not pin point why. I let the idea of saving one's “tatas” for breast cancer awareness...

Opinion: Politically Correct?: Self-proclaimed snooper

Opinion: Politically Correct?: Self-proclaimed snooper

Casey Walker, Society Editor

October 25, 2012

Saturday night I had an epiphany while attending a small comedy show. I caught myself in an act that was not reversible. We squished together on a couple of small tiers of staggered folding chairs. I glanced around the room waiting for the show to start. I listened to a pretentious couple behind...

Opinions: A Paige from her book: Stuck in a standstill

Paige Ondr, opinions editor

October 18, 2012

Sitting in a sweltering car, watching the buses inch out of the parking lot is the worst way to start a Friday. Every day I am forced to fight the usual parking lot traffic. My last hour of the day is in the upstairs math hallway, and it is virtually impossible for me to “beat the buses.” I know...

Opinions: Politically Correct?: Trending #Debates

Opinions: Politically Correct?: Trending #Debates

Casey Walker, Society Editor

October 16, 2012

Last week I prepared myself all week, anxiously awaiting October 3. I couldn’t wait for the first presidential debate of this election. I watched my news apps all day Wednesday, looking for the politcal experts' predictions of who would do better and what would be said. When the time finally...

Opinions: Politically Correct?: Shocked by Obama social networking

Opinions: Politically Correct?: Shocked by Obama social networking

Casey Walker, society editor

October 11, 2012

Every week day, when I get home from school, I open up my laptop. I go through a natural progression of checking my facebook, Twitter, blog and news sources. My finds are usually always the same: facebook and Twitter updates about the school day and news stories about newly released political statements...

Opinions: Politically Correct?: Digitial Warfare

Opinions: Politically Correct?: Digitial Warfare

Casey Walker, Society Editor

September 25, 2012

I am living in an age of digital warfare. Checking my Twitter every day is like entering no-man’s land. I cross unchartered territory full of nasty, sassy and despairing tweets. I’m tip-toeing over booby traps trying not to read a tweet that sparks an argument. I learned a new term this week;...

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